Modeling Transit Signal Priority and Queue Jumpers for BRT

Paper by Dhruva Lahon, P.E., PTOE (Kimley-Horn)

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) encourages cities to consider and evaluate the benefits of implementing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Bus travel time savings, increases in bus ridership, and impacts on traffic operations need to be analyzed to evaluate the need to implement BRT. As part of FTA’s Small Start Grants Program, the City of Pleasanton in California received funding to evaluate a BRT system along the existing Bus Route 10. VISSIM® microscopic simulation program was used to analyze the proposed BRT operations. The VISSIM® animations created as part of this study helped explain BRT operations and benefits to the general public and get them involved in corridor planning.

In this 2011 ITE Past Presidents' Award paper, Dhuvra Lahon modeled transit signal priority (TSP) and queue jumpers at six signalized intersections for the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority's BRT system in the City of Pleasanton.

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